Need help sticking to your New Year detox? Well, look no further! One of the Jewellery Quarter’s Pasta Di Piazza has made it easier than ever before to keep those New Year’s resolutions going while eating out.
With the New Year comes healthier lifestyle choices, but just because you’re on a diet, attempting to detox or trying a new fitness regime, does that really mean you have to stop eating out altogether? You can still enjoy a delicious meal by making some small changes to your order.
Roni Ferro, Pasta Di Piazza’s manager has put together his top tips for keeping your food choices healthy when dining out and helping you to stay on track with your New Year detox.
1. Control your intake
We all know that a chicken caesar salad is best when smothered in a caesar dressing, but we also know that unfortunately, it’s not the best way to keep your salad healthy. When dining out this month, ask your waiter or waitress to bring your salad dressing on the side, that way you can monitor how much you’re adding to your meal.
At Pasta Di Piazza, many of our salads are served with a drizzling of extra virgin olive oil.
2. Make sensible substitutions
When ordering your meal, do your best to make healthy substitutes and step away from your usual choices. Lean meats, such as grilled chicken, pork and veal are better options than cured meats such as salami and chorizo. Instead of ordering a portion of chips, why not mix it up and opt for new potatoes, vegetables or a house salad?
3. Check out the menu in advance
Got a dinner date planned, but you’re worried about what to choose when you get there without seeming fussy? Check out the menu beforehand so you can suss out the healthy options that are available to you, therefore saving time when it comes to ordering at the table!
4. Avoid sugary drinks
If you’ve chosen to partake in dry January, then you’re probably looking for a non-alcoholic replacement, but there are times when these options may actually be worse for you. Try to avoid sugary drinks where possible, sparkling or still water, along with natural juices and even Diet Coke will be better for you than the full-fat types.
5. Say ‘no’ to wine
Although Pasta Di Piazza has a large wine menu for you to choose from, it’s important to note that if you have steered away from dry January this year, wine is probably not your best option. Spirits, such as vodka or gin are better choices to avoid a large calorie intake, so this January avoid the Sauvignon Blanc and opt for a gin and Slim line Tonic instead.
6. Assess your choices
Spaghetti Carbonara or Spaghetti Neapolitan? Two extremely tasty pasta dishes, but with one big difference. Understandably, tomato and vegetable based sauces are a much healthier option than the creamy, buttery carbonara types.
I would recommend the Spaghetti Alla Marinara from Pasta Di Piazza’s menu, which combines a selection of delicious seafood in a tomato sauce.
7. Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your belly
Ever had to undo your jeans at the table from being uncomfortably full? You may not want to waste the food, but it’s better to leave some than to regret that last mouthful. Ask your waiter to box up your left overs so you can save it for later!
Fancy a meal at Pasta Di Piazza you can check out their menu here!